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  Printed On 15 September,2021 08:07 am

United States mentioned it had evacuated nearly 500 “navy and civilian” Afghans from Uzbekistan.

TASHKENT (AFP) – The USA mentioned Tuesday it had evacuated nearly 500 “navy and civilian” Afghans from Uzbekistan, whereas the ex-Soviet nation declared there have been now no Afghan refugees on its territory.

The times main as much as the Taliban s seize of Kabul precipitated scenes of chaos in Afghanistan s Central Asian neighbours Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as troopers loyal to the crumbling authorities fled over state borders in navy plane.

Uzbekistan had largely withheld touch upon the quantity and standing of the refugees because it seemed to domesticate ties with the Taliban subsequent door.

However a US embassy spokesman advised AFP Tuesday it had evacuated 494 “navy and civilian” Afghans out of Uzbekistan s southern Termez airport with the Uzbek authorities s assist.

“The evacuation was accomplished September 12-13,” the spokesman advised AFP by phone, making no touch upon the ultimate vacation spot of the refugees.

Uzbek international ministry spokesman Yusup Kabulzhanov on Monday confirmed the evacuation in feedback to the privately-owned Kun.uz outlet.

“All Afghan refugees have left the territory of Uzbekistan”, he mentioned, with out giving figures.

A staffer at Afghanistan s embassy advised AFP final month that as much as 1,500 Afghans might need crossed into Uzbekistan illegally after the Taliban secured management of the northern stronghold Mazar-i-Sharif in mid-August and started beating a path in direction of Kabul.

In a uncommon assertion on the refugees in August, Uzbekistan mentioned it had returned 150 folks to Afghanistan at their very own request and following talks with the Taliban to ensure their security.

– Hundreds of Afghans in Tajikistan: EU –

Tajikistan, which has eschewed official contacts with the Taliban, has been equally secretive in regards to the variety of refugees it has taken in.

The European Union s delegation within the nation mentioned on Tuesday that it was offering 160,000 Euros in humanitarian help funding “to learn as much as 5,000 displaced Afghans” in two Tajik provinces bordering Afghanistan.

The EU assertion cited the UN Refugee Company (UNHCR) as saying that “as much as 50,000 refugees might be registered in Tajikistan after the whole withdrawal of American and NATO troops by the tip of 2021”.

The assertion comes after Inside Minister Ramazon Hamro Rahimzoda earlier this month criticised worldwide donors for failing to assist Tajikistan home refugees.

Afghanistan is ready to dominate discussions on the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation — a bloc that features 4 ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, China, India, Pakistan and Russia — hosted by Tajikistan this week.

 

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